Question for anti neutrality protesters. Would your stance also be that you are not allowed to use electricity the way you want once it is in your home?
How does net neutrality (real net neutrality, not what Glen Beck told you net neutrality was) help the internet?
1) This is the way the internet was built. A bit is a bit is a bit.
2) If I develop a new service or technology now, I can roll it out and only pay for my bandwidth, and become the next netflix. But without net neutrality, if I can't pay the Comcast bribe to get into their fast lane, and the Cox bribe to get on their fast lane, and the Verizon bribe to get on their fast lane, etc, etc, etc... I am stuck providing a sub par service, unable to compete with established markets that have the capital to pay the bribes and unable to gain customers.
3) This could never happen?
It has been happening, for years.
And since I know so many of you are so up and up with the peering deals. Netflix wasn't pushing content on Comcast, Netflix is a pull service, a Comcast customer must request the stream. Netflix was a draw for Comcast customers to pay for higher bandwidth, so Comcast got money out of their customers requesting so much bandwidth from Netflix. The Comcast customer is a part of Comcast's network, so Comcast's network was the requesting network. The termination point was within Comcast's network. That aint peering, but the court, technically savvy as they are, disagreed.
To put the net neutrality argument in the terms that maybe an oil rig worker or insurance agent would be familiar with: When I buy gas, the gas station doesn't get to charge me more for going to work than for going to Disneyland. The electric company doesn't get to charge me more for powering a lawnmower than for powering a television. When I buy something from the guy across town, the gas station doesn't get to step in and charge him too just because I used gas from that station to get there, and my power company doesn't get to charge Blizzard Entertainment because I play games on Blizzards servers.
Where I live, there also isn't a choice for anything other than Comcast. I live in Utah, and Comcast has made it illegal for even a group of my neighbors to compete with them here.
I haven't seen the FCC's proposals, so the implementation may be wrong, but as an idea, network neutrality is what the internet was built on, and is a good thing.
PS, I work for a software company, so a lack of network neutrality could directly impact our business. If we had to pay every ISP in the country bribes to be put on their list of approved content providers... Lets just say if you think Obama care was bad, CrapcastWare would kill us, and hundreds of other employers of 50-100 employees.